The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County has risen to nearly 200 as of Tuesday morning, according to a press release from the Grant County Health District.

Four new cases were identified in the last week from Moses Lake, the Quincy area and the Mattawa area, bringing the total to 198 in Grant County. The Quincy area still has the highest number of cases in the county with 73, followed by the Mattawa area with 49 and Moses Lake with 37.

The health district also reported on May 22 that 14 additional people have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered individuals to 106.

On May 23, Grant County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the state reopening plan. With Phase 2, businesses still need to take additional steps before reopening to the public, and many have already started taking those steps before Phase 2 began, according to a press release.

On May 1, Governor Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 31, during a press conference. The order bans all gatherings and temporarily shuts down non-essential businesses.

Businesses that are considered essential must still comply with social distancing and sanitation guidelines, according to a news release.

People are required to stay at home except for essential activities that include the following:

Obtaining necessary supplies and services

Engaging in activities related to the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical supplies

Caring for family members, friends or pets in another household or residence

Engaging in outdoor exercise, including walking, hiking, running or biking, but proper social distancing practices must be used.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone wear facial coverings in public, according to a news release.

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